David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
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Based on 3 reviews
1973 Ratings: #18 / 166
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1973 Rank: #22
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100
Rolling Stone

Aladdin Sane cranks up the hard, slick, sensationalistic energy of Ziggy, minus the draggy bits, for a sequel that sounds even better than the original.

90
Pitchfork

Aladdin is all alienation and self-conscious artifice, parodic gestures of intimacy directed to the theater balcony.

90
AllMusic

A lighter affair than Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane is actually a stranger album than its predecessor, buoyed by bizarre lounge-jazz flourishes from pianist Mick Garson and a handful of winding, vaguely experimental songs.

BartDaGoat
94

[David Bowie's discography ranking 6/27]
There is cum on his shoulders?!!?!?!?!?!??!?!
After big success of "Ziggy..." in UK and minor in US, Bowie went on another tour around both countries. On American section of tour, he has started writting his sixth album. He created new persona (named after album's name). Concept of it is Aladdin (who in many ways is similar to Ziggy) goes to America. Sound of it is mix of his previous for project, but clearly it is closer to ... read more

amw100
84

A lad.
I N S A N E

andiov1
72

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Of Bowie's most popular albums, Aladdin Sane is one I always failed to come around to, even though it's considered to be right below his top 6. Aesthetically it shares a lot in common with it's predecessor Ziggy Stardust, but it really lacks the overarching concept that made that album so special and the mixing on some tracks is pretty godawful like on the intro. In it's best moments though it still manages to keep that Bowie flair as well as experimenting a ... read more

70

Solid but didn't jive with me. Some instrumentation is really interesting but didn't outweigh the parts that I didn't really like. Still, the album uses the piano in a very experimental way, which I liked. Also, you hear a lot of non western musical ideas floating around. Overall a good but not that exciting listen.

Jacob2004
94

Punny title, Bowie’s most iconic album cover, a more bombastic version of the Ziggy Stardust sound, triple check. It’s a sequel that while not quite up to the same monumental heights of the previous album, still absolutely holds it’s own. The outro of Lady Grinning Soul always makes my hairs stand on end man

Favorite Tracks: Watch That Man, Aladdin Sane, Drive-In Saturday, Cracked Actor, Time, Let’s Spend the Night Together, The Jean Genie, Lady Grinning Soul

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sdcardgui
100

this shit classic as fuck

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